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All right. Welcome back to the Bryant Park Project from NPR News. Online all the time at As any little baby knows, moo is the sound a cow makes, a muumuu is a loose dress of Hawaiian origin that hangs from the shoulder, a momo is a Tibetan dumpling made of a simple flour and water dough with some stuff inside, vegetables, chicken, yak meat? Wait a minute? Yak, time for...

IAN CHILLAG: Mm, yak meat.

PESCA: Yak, yak, yak. That reminds me. It's time for The Most.

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PESCA: And now with our collection of most-emailed, most-viewed, most-bandied about - you know, a lot of websites are going with the most-bandied-about tag. Tricia McKinney, what do you have?

PATRICIA MCKINNEY: I have one of the top stories on Google Trends today, one of the top searched terms. It's also a number one most-emailed on the Boston Globe website.

PESCA: Mm-hm.

MCKINNEY: The headline there is "Hamilton: Addict to Cleanup Man." It's a story about Josh Hamilton who - he's an all star this year, and he participated in the homerun derby last night, which I don't watch, so I don't really know what happens. Apparently, he put on an amazing show. He broke a record.

PESCA: Yeah.

MCKINNEY: He had 28 homeruns.

PESCA: He more than participated. He pwned it, as they say.

MCKINNEY: He pwned, yes. Or at least he pwned round one, and I know Dan has something to say about the setup of the homerun derby, and how the guys who pwn it early lose in the end.

DAN PASHMAN: Yeah. You know, it's very tiring to swing the bat as hard as you can, over and over again. The guy hit 28 homeruns. You're only allowed to swing and not hit a homerun 10 times. So, out of 38 swings, he hit 28 homeruns, which is amazing.

PESCA: And in batting practice, you don't take that many rips. So, it's unusual at maximum exertion to go that hard. At one point, the guy hit 13 in a row. It was amazing. The fans could not believe it, but he got so tired in the early rounds, and your round totals don't accumulate, he wound up not winning. But you know what it reminds me of? The end of "Rocky I," and skip ahead if you haven't seen it.



PESCA: You know, Rocky lost in that fight, but no one remembers, because he put on such a good fight...


PESCA: He did loss - lose on the cards, but it's a number one story because of Hamilton's history.

MCKINNEY: Yeah. His history, apparently - so, he was the number one pick back in the 1999 draft, but then he kind of bottomed out. He was a drug addict.

PESCA: Yeah.

MCKINNEY: And he - but he cleaned up his act in 2005. He was reinstated in 2006. So, now he's doing great.

PESCA: That was an amazing show. Dan?

PASHMAN: Yeah. I've got a most-popular here from Yahoo! News. No, it has nothing to do with asteroids at all. I know that was my beat yesterday.


MCKINNEY: That's too bad.

PASHMAN: Sorry. "Jimmy Kimmel and Sarah Silverman End five-year romance." And what was the sound everyone made in the office when I sent this one out? Aw.

PESCA: People care about this celebrity couple. I had no idea.

PASHMAN: People care about this couple, yeah.

MCKINNEY: It wasn't an, aw, it was more like a, what!

PESCA: What!

PASHMAN: Aoogah (ph)!

IAN CHILLAG: I awed. I was sad for them, yeah.

PASHMAN: Yeah, it was more of an aaw. Publicists for both of them confirmed it yesterday. Ending a relationship that provided fertile ground for outrageous humor. We all remember the Ben Affleck and Matt Damon videos that went back and forth. You know, in "Jesus is Magic," Sarah Silverman's film, she says, you know, she and Kimmel got married, and she's Jewish and he's Catholic, they'd have to explain to their kids that she's one of the chosen people, and he just believes that Jesus is magic.

PESCA: So, it was that that gave her the title for the film?

PASHMAN: That's right.

PESCA: They're gone. They're kaput. They're splitsville.

MCKINNEY: Do we know? Do we know why? Do we know if she, in fact, was bleeping Matt Damon?

PASHMAN: We do not know, Trish. I mean, I can make something up if you want.


CHILLAG: It's been confirmed by YouTube.

PESCA: That's your stock in trade, sir. Laura Silver?



SILVER: This isn't about an older woman and a younger man, but the headline from the San Francisco Gate, "No trace of cougar, no evidence of attack."

PESCA: Right.

PASHMAN: Story of my life.

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SILVER: If a man is attacked by a mountain lion in the forest and there's no proof, was he really attacked? The Department of Fish and Game in San Francisco says, we're not saying he made it up, we're not saying it's a hoax, but we can't substantiate it. Fifty-year-old hiker says he was attacked, but they ran his clothing, there's no evidence. The lab found no tears from a mountain lion, no mountain-lion hair, no mountain-lion saliva.

CHILLAG: How did this become a most-emailed? It's, like, nothing happened.

SILVER: This is an important story.

PASHMAN: Yeah. This just in, nothing.

SILVER: No, because it started a whole - people were really worried.

CHILLAG: Man is safe.


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SILVER: They were worried that there was a mountain lion on the loose. That's why.



SILVER: But then it was nothing, so far...

PESCA: It's because a lot of people have "mountain lion" as their Google alert, just to say - or cougar, probably.

PASHMAN: I think cougar's more likely.

SILVER: The headline, the headline.


PESCA: All right. Speaking of mistaken animal identities, in Denver, people thought a lion was on the loose. Turned out to be a dog, they think.

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PESCA: Yeah. It happens. Beast...

PASHMAN: They're not related.

PESCA: Yeah. The Denver Post is hedging its bets with its headline, "Beast loose in El Paso."

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PASHMAN: Growly thing.

PESCA: It's a catch-all term.

PASHMAN: Yeah. There's a growly thing on the loose.

PESCA: Local residents were alarmed by reports of an African lion on the loose. I would say so. Authorities took a look at - the first report of a lion sighting at 7:35. Some, however, debated whether it was a lion or just a big dog. They saw a paw - someone saw a paw print, said it was a little too big for a lion. They made reverse 911 calls, so they made 119 calls. I don't know how that works.

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PESCA: Do you know what a reverse 911 call is?

PASHMAN: What, 911 calls you?


CHILLAG: They're like, oh, we heard you might have an emergency.

PESCA: Right.

CHILLAG: What does that mean?

PESCA: Right.

CHILLAG: (Unintelligible) help.

PESCA: Only if a fake mountain lion is calling.

SILVER: It's when emergency services call you to warn you of something, right?

PESCA: Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Oh.

PASHMAN: Oh. That's not as funny as what we said.


CHILLAG: Yeah, I've got a most-emailed from Orlando Sentinel. Playboy, the gentlemen's magazine, their online edition is going to be having a girls of Olive Garden edition.

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PASHMAN: Ooh, la, la!

SILVER: With pimentos?

PASHMAN: Do they come with bottomless breadsticks? Zing!

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CHILLAG: I'm just going to leave it there.

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PESCA: Thanks, man. That's great. That's a great way to end it, and that is The Most. You can check out all those stories, except for pictures of the girls of the Olive Garden, on our website,

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